THE Yorkshire Ripper died alone — ravaged by Covid with no one shedding a tear for the murderous monster.

As his sadistic heart finally stopped beating, he was watched by just two prison officers sat outside his private hospital room and both clad in full PPE.

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The Sun can reveal Peter Sutcliffe’s handcuffs were removed just hours before the serial killer’s vile life ebbed away.

The fiend’s few remaining family members were barred from his bedside because of strict coronavirus rules.

News of his death was a blessed relief for the families of his victims and the survivors still haunted by the brutality of his attacks.

A source said of the 74-year-old Ripper’s last moments: “No tears were shed. His death was as pitiful as the vile life he had lived.”

As the end neared, Sutcliffe showed no remorse for the women he butchered in his reign of evil.

He even moaned about no one ever getting to see his “good side” in a phone call to a pal two weeks ago, just hours before ill health began to catch up with him at last.

The sickening outburst was to be his last.

Obese, almost blind and riddled with diabetes, the ageing brute was unable to have his routine weekly phone chat with brother Mick just days later.

The Sun revealed he was rushed to hospital from top-security Frankland Prison in Co Durham on October 29 with suspected heart problems, complaining of crushing chest pains.

He was already convinced he had deadly Covid-19.

His catalogue of health problems, and his paranoia, meant he always feared the worst. But the coward’s worries at that stage were just a premonition of what was to come.

He repeatedly tested negative for Covid while on a cardiac ward and was returned to Frankland on Tuesday, November 3.

But 48 hours later, he began showing symptoms of the virus and was moved into isolation in prison.

A day later, he tested positive and prison medics began to monitor his condition closely.

Sources have said the Ripper’s health was at first “stable”, with just a persistent cough. But over the weekend, his condition worsened — he developed a fever and struggled for breath.

His own worst fears began to be realised on Monday when prison doctors ruled he should be taken to University Hospital of North Durham for the second time in as many weeks.

He was rushed again to the hospital and this time placed on a Covid ward.

At first, his condition stabilised — but Sutcliffe made it clear that his strict Jehovah’s Witness beliefs meant he did not want his life to be prolonged artificially.

He insisted he would not receive any treatment, infuriating some healthcare staff who believed his bed should be freed up for others desperate to live.

His health began to nose-dive on Wednesday, when a source told The Sun: “We’re into the endgame now. He’s deteriorated badly. It’s a question of when, not if.” By Thursday morning, doctors began preparing the Ripper for “end of life care”.

Family members were informed there was no longer any chance for him.

But they were warned they could not be with him because of the risk they too could get the virus.

Two prison officers, in full gowns, masks and respirators, were allowed to keep guard from a safe distance.

And the order was given for Sutcliffe’s handcuffs to be removed only hours before his death.

By 6pm on Thursday, an undertaker was put on standby.

Doctors are understood to have withdrawn his oxygen supply shortly after midnight.

And at precisely 1.10am, one of Britain’s most ­infamous serial killers breathed his last.

Sutcliffe’s family was informed of his death shortly afterwards by telephone.

His funeral arrangements remained a closely-guarded secret last night.

He murdered 13 women and attempted to kill seven others between 1975 and 1980 before his arrest after one of the biggest police manhunts of the 20th century.

Sutcliffe, who lived with his then wife Sonia in Bradford, notoriously claimed he was “a beast” driven on “by a devil” inside him.

His death ends any chance of police proving he was also responsible for other attacks dating back to 1969.

Timeline of terror

June 1946: Peter Sutcliffe is born in Bingley, West Yorks

August 1974: Sutcliffe marries Sonia Szurma

October 1975: Sutcliffe kills Wilma McCann in Leeds – his first murder.

January 1981: Sutcliffe is arrested by police in Sheffield. He confesses to being The Ripper.

May 1981: He is given 20 life sentences at The Old Bailey over 13 murders and seven attempted murders. He starts sentence at HMP Parkhurst, Isle of Wight.

March 1984: Sent to Broadmoor High-security Hospital after being declared paranoid schizophrenic

August 2016: Sutcliffe moved from Broadmoor to Category A Frankland Prison, County Durham

November 13, 2020 – Sutcliffe dies.

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